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My area code: Why Kade Warner was a man of his word to his lacrosse buddies in the 480

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Kade Warner

Kade Warner is from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona.

Area code: 480.

Year/position: Redshirt freshman wide receiver.

Of note: Warner has started the past three games, making four catches for 33 yards. He is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.

To represent the 480 ... "It means a lot because just all the guys before me that came to not only this school, but other schools. It means a lot to represent all my friends and family back home who still live there, and it's cool that we all get to do that."

I was born in 1998 in St. Louis, right before dad led the Rams to the Super Bowl. "I was 5 when we moved (from St. Louis). We moved to New York for a year and then I remember moving to Arizona, I think, when I was 7, so I've lived in Arizona most of my life."

I attended Desert Mountain High School. "I think my graduating class was about 570."

Giving lacrosse a try. "I played basketball my freshman, sophomore and junior years and then track my junior year, then my senior year, I tried lacrosse. That was fun while it lasted but I probably won't do it again. I didn't want to play basketball (senior year). I was a center at 6-1 so I wasn't big enough to play center, so I moved to lacrosse. We went to the semifinals at state."

The biggest adjustment in lacrosse? "It had to be the stick and the ball. That was the weirdest thing, being able to throw to catch with that thing. I'm used to catching with my hands and throwing with my hands, so having like a tool in your hand to catch and throw was the weirdest thing. I didn't get that down until the end of the season."

Keeping a promise. "After junior year we had a couple guys quit football and just go to lacrosse. So I came to them and said, 'Hey guys, I'll make you a deal. If you come back to play football, I'll play lacrosse with you guys.' They accepted, they came back to play football, and as a man of my word, I went and played lacrosse. Those guys really helped me and taught me to be good."

Watching dad play. "I know it's not a great memory, but his last Super Bowl against the Steelers (Super Bowl XLIII in 2009), I was able to be there and I was pretty close to the sideline. I know they lost the game, tough game."

I do pride myself on my video games. "Madden is my favorite one by far. Even though it's not that much different every year, I make sure I get it, I get it first and I practice. It's football and I get to play quarterback and it's fun playing quarterback, throwing it around a bit, making reads, and beating up my buddies."

The best Madden player on the team? "I'm not going to say no, because I'm sure some guys are pretty good, but I haven't been beaten really yet. I've been beaten by — I have to give it to him — Lane McCallum. We've probably played a hundred times and he beat me the last time we played. Eventually a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile."

The go-to spots after games in Scottsdale. "There's some sports bars near my house, like Goldie's and Zipps. If you never been to Arizona, you don't know about them, but those were the two best places we went after games."

The go-to eat is the Monaco focaccia. "I know it's a weird saying and I don't even know if they have focaccias in this part of the country, but Monaco focaccia was the No. 1 thing everybody got and it was the best thing on the menu. Focaccia is like a wrap, it's a thicker tortilla basically and inside, chicken and ranch (dressing) and cheese. That's one of the things that I miss about home."

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.


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